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Minority Global Health Disparities Research Training Program
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The Overarching goal of the "Minority Global Health Disparities Research Training Program" is to provide international health disparity research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate/medical students who are from health disparities populations. The program is also directed at increasing the students'' ability to function effectively in a global environment as well as gain insights into different cultures and ethical aspects of research. Inherent in this objective is for the trainees to realize the universality of requirements for critical thinking and quantitative thought in the global human health research arena, as well as the cultural and ethical aspects of conducting research abroad. The ultimate goal of this program is to meet the nation''''s need for increasing the number of highly motivated minority researchers who pursue biomedical, biobehavioral, and clinical research careers. In essence, our plan has four components: 1) planning, assessment and student selection; 2) student preparation for foreign research experience; 3) research experience in a foreign country; and 4) evaluation. Even though the research at foreign sites will be at different institutions, the research and other components are united by their focus on health disparities of underserved populations. A consortium of U.S., (Johns Hopkins University, Winston-Salem State University, North Carolina A&T State University, and The Leadership Alliance at Brown University) and foreign faculty (Goteborgs University, Gothenburg Sweden; University of New Castle, Australia; University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban, South Africa; Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa; and Kung Hee University, Seoul, South Korea) will further develop, implement and evaluate the program. The program will accommodate 27 undergraduate and 5 graduate/medical students over a four year period. Our capabilities to contribute to the pool of highly motivated and competitive baccalaureates from health disparities populations who enter graduate/doctoral degree programs in the biomedical, biobehavioral and clinical sciences will be greatly enhanced. Such participation will have both short-term and long-term positive effects. The program plans include evaluation and strategic recruitment with special emphasis on underrepresented minorities, as well as training in the ethical conduct of research, scientific integrity and cultural competence.